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Advocacy & Policy

The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) works with policymakers and other leaders to advance policy priorities that strengthen the nation’s health and well-being.

Through policies that affect health care delivery, research, education, health equity, and more, the federal government is a key partner in sustaining the vitality of the nation’s academic medicine ecosystem, which is essential to improving the health of all. Learn more about the AAMC’s priorities for the 118th Congress.

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Statement on Improving Health Through DEI

The AAMC and other health care and medical associations made a statement in support of DEI policies in health care, to help improve our nation’s health.

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AAMC Policy and Priorities



AAMC-member institutions endeavor to prepare a diverse medical research workforce and champion an environment where medical discovery can flourish. This strong commitment is key to innovation that benefits patients.

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Clinical Care

AAMC-member teaching hospitals and faculty physicians cultivate and provide high-quality health care, especially for complex and vulnerable patients -- many of whom are unable to receive care elsewhere.

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Investing in Healthier Communities

Academic medical centers serve at the crossroads of community health, health equity, and population health and are actively working to prevent and address persistent public health challenges.

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AAMC-member medical schools and teaching hospitals play a crucial role in preparing future physicians who help create a healthier future for all with innovative graduate medical education.

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Washington Highlights

Washington Highlights is a weekly newsletter that provides updates on the latest legislative and regulatory activities affecting academic medicine.

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Testimony & Correspondence

The AAMC released its maternal health advocacy agenda, "From Crisis to Call to Action: The AAMC’s Recommendations to Address the Maternal Health Crisis.

  • April 23, 2024
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Scheduled hearings and meetings related to academic medicine.

  • April 19, 2024
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Secretary McDonough Testifies in House Appropriations Subcommittee Hearing on FY 2025 VA Budget proposal.

  • April 19, 2024
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Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Beccera testified in an April 16 Senate Appropriations Subcommittee hearing on the FY 2025 HHS budget proposal.

  • April 19, 2024
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HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra testified April 17 before the House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee about the FY 2025 HHS budget request.

  • April 19, 2024
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The House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee held an April 17 hearing on cybersecurity.

  • April 19, 2024
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HRSA finalized a rule implementing a revised 340B Drug Pricing Program administrative dispute resolution process for covered entities and drug manufacturers.

  • April 19, 2024
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In an April 16 letter, the AAMC asked the CMS to withdraw new policies on Research Data Request and Access Policies.

  • April 19, 2024
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The AAMC joined several letters requesting robust funding for the Centers for Disease Control in FY 2025.

  • April 19, 2024
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The AAMC submitted comments on CMS proposals to increase oversight of accrediting organizations and address conflicts of interest.

  • April 19, 2024
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AAMC Champion of Academic Medicine Award

This award recognizes members of Congress and staff for extraordinary leadership in support of the academic medicine community.

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Advocacy Coalitions

The Ad Hoc Group for Medical Research supports enhancing the federal investment in the biomedical, behavioral, and population-based research conducted and supported by the NIH.

The GME Advocacy Coalition (GMEAC) is a group of organizations dedicated to the expansion and preservation of Medicare-supported graduate medical education.

The HPNEC advocates for continued support for the health professions and nursing workforce development programs critical to providing continued services to underserved and minority communities.

The FOVA is a diverse coalition representing national academic, medical, and scientific societies; voluntary health and patient advocacy groups; and veteran-focused associations.

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AAMC Action

AAMC Action – Let’s Raise Our Voices Together

We are a community of students, residents, researchers, faculty members, physicians, and others who advocate on behalf of academic medicine to improve the health of people everywhere.

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